Aquilegia Express: Red Columbines
Aquilegia triternata, barrel columbine
The barrel columbine occurs in eastern and southeastern Arizona and adjacent New Mexico.
Aquilegia triternata ranges in height from 15 to 60 cm. The foliage is green not glaucous and the leaves pilose above and glabrous to pilose below. The flowers are nodding. The sepals are red, 10 to 20 mm long and slightly spreading. The blades are yellow or yellow tinged with red, 7 to 8 mm long. The spurs are light red, to 25 mm long and straight. The stamens extend beyond the blades.
Aquilegia triternata is found growing in moist, open rocky places at mid elevations.